Cornell University

CMSP: “Trade, Religion, and Islam Along the South China Coast: Doing Historical Fieldwork”

Monday, May 8, 2017 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Morrill Hall, 404
Cornell University Dept, 159 Central Avenue, Morrill Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4701, USA

Robert Antony, Distinguished Professor, Guangzhou University; Visiting Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

In this presentation I will discuss my experiences doing historical fieldwork along the coast of South China over the past ten years, and the importance of doing fieldwork for historical studies. My talk will focus on the interface between trade and religion over the past several centuries.  I will be highlighting the Muslim traders who created a diasporic community and the Great Mosque in Canton in the Tang dynasty, as well as the Muslim Chinese mariner Zheng He, who sailed across the Indian Ocean in seven voyages in the Ming Dynasty.  I will end by looking at the resurgence of the Muslim community in Canton, South China, today.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, East Asia Program, Global Cornell


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Eric Tagliacozzo


Robert Antony

Speaker Affiliation

Guangzhou University; John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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